Finding Wisdom–By John Harrell
When God told Solomon He would give him anything he were to ask for, Solomon asked for wisdom. How many of us would ask for wealth or other temporary possessions? God granted Solomon’s request. Wisdom showed Solomon how to rule his kingdom justly. Solomon became wealthy beyond measure, too.
Making your life run more smoothly requires using wisdom in your decision making. Sounds easy, right? All of us are equipped with a certain amount of innate wisdom, and some we learn. We know if we touch a hot burner, we will harm ourselves. If we don’t obey the rules in traffic, we can cause an accident. These are considered common sense, and they are. But for someone who wants deeper, more experiential wisdom, the first question is: how do I get it?
Spend time absorbing the works of the great writers into your heart. Read and reflect on the writings of Solomon, Aristotle, Emerson, Thoreau and others. Don’t just read their words. Feel their emotions as they crafted some of the greatest writings in recorded history. Spend time with the great writers every day. Meditate on them. Apply what you learn in your daily life.
The ”in your face” Apostle James, in his letter to the 12 Tribes and the Church of Jerusalem, wrote these words in James 1:5: “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James went on to encourage us to ask faithfully, stating “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt…” Active faith means we believe that what we have asked for will be granted. There is no room for doubt.
These brilliant teachings are readily available to anyone who seeks them. Instead of spending your evenings watching television, perhaps spend some time with the philosophers. Your life will be enriched. Your wisdom will grow. You will be transformed while gaining the peace that wisdom grants you. After all, there is a reason we know their names from history.
Written by John Harrell
What is Wisdom according to the Bible?
Wisdom in the Bible is divine Wisdom. Wisdom given by God (not man). There is a specific story in the Bible about Solomon who, after God offered him any desire of his heart, requested one thing: wisdom. God delivered his request, divine Wisdom, and with it came everything else he could have imagined.
Is Wisdom the Holy Spirit?
In the Book of Proverbs, Wisdom is a person. In Exodus, Wisdom is directly connected to the Holy Spirit (third person of the Holy Trinity named in the New Testament). In Exodus (Old Testament), the Holy Spirit came upon God’s Covenant people (the Jewish) to give them supernatural wisdom to design/create things supernaturally.